From Books to Movies

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From Books to Movies

From pages to film, some of the best movies started as even better books.  So... What were some of your favorites?? Did you prefer the book over the movie or the movie over the book?  Did you even read the book?

My bigger interest is to find out what you know is about to be on film that's based on a book...

Why? Because, I prefer to read the book first.  If I see the movie I can't read the book (since I know how it ends and my imagination doesn't get to participate)... and since I like to compare between the novel and my interpretation vs the director's interpretation.... I absolutely hate seeing a movie and either finding out via the credits that it's based on a book, or being told later..... 

Currently on the top of my priority list is to read Twilight (vampire story) by Stephenie Meyer, and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (who wrote The Da Vinci Code)... Twilight will be in theaters in December and Angels & Demons will be out in May (and stars Ewan McGregor *drool*)

Synopsis of Angels & Demons movie as given by imdb.com:
     Based on the novel 'Angels and Demons', the movie follows world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who is summoned to a Swiss research facility (CERN) to analyze a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth.

Twilight trailer:

 

So again... Do you know of any books that are about to be released as motion pictures? Do you have any favorites that have already been released? Thoughts?? Any of these books worth reading before the movie comes out?

   

   

hubby
Re: From Books to Movies

One of my all-time favorite movies was The Shining. Unfortunately, if you've ever read the Stephen King novel, you would see that the paper version and the film version are almost totally different stories - both very good, just not really the same.. Seems the guys responsible for turning King novels into movies just dont have a good track-record - Except maybe for the guy that took care of Misery (another favorite) ..

LadyCerridwen48
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[quote=Hubby]One of my all-time favorite movies was The Shining. Unfortunately, if you've ever read the Stephen King novel, you would see that the paper version and the film version are almost totally different stories - both very good, just not really the same.. Seems the guys responsible for turning King novels into movies just dont have a good track-record - Except maybe for the guy that took care of Misery (another favorite) .. [/quote]

Oddly, the best King to screen adaptation I've seen to date has been "Stand By Me", based on his short story "The Body" from Different Seasons.  

 

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And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden"

hubby
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Great, GREAT movie.. but i've never read the book so i couldnt comment.. Was The Body from Steven King or "Richard Bachman" ?

LadyCerridwen48
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Definitely Stephen King.   I forgot, that's where "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" was published, too, same collection of short stories.  I haven't seen the film adaptation of that one yet.

 

"We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon

And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden"

hubby
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oh man - Shawshank was another one of the best movies ever made.. and another book i havn't read.

LadyCerridwen48
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See, you can kill 2 birds with one stone, go get them, lol!  Shawshank is one I keep meaning to watch, and somehow never have.  If we replace the DVD player this weekend, maybe I'll pick it up... 

 

"We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon

And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden"

hubby
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..hehe.. right after i pressed "post comment" a trailer for Jaws came on HDNET Movies.. another great paper-->film story..

supervioletrays
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Atonement. A simply amazing book and an even better movie.

 

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Wonderland
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I actually read Eragon because a friend of mine kept telling me how good it was.  I love fantasy books and movies.  I have to agree with your son on this one.  So many (important) parts were left out.  The movie was way shorter than it should have been and things were changed that shouldn't have been.  I was not amused.

"You've got to be crazy, gotta have a real need."

Wonderland
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Angels and Demons is a great book. I was really disappointed by the movie version of The Da Vinci code though. Hopefully they'll do a better job with this one. A movie based on the book The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was being talked over and I hope they release it.

Ever see the movie Trainspotting? Great movie and fantastic novel by Irvine Welsh.

"You've got to be crazy, gotta have a real need."

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